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Tiger Lawyers Up with International Custody Guru

5/10/2010 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Tiger Woods has hired a key player in his divorce from Elin Nordegren -- attorney Thomas Sasser from West Palm Beach, Florida.

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We're told the high-profile, 39-year-old Sasser is an expert in enforcing international child custody agreements -- and sources say the custody agreement is going to be a central issue in Tiger and Elin's divorce. 

Sources say Tiger and Elin are trying to work out an arrangement where Elin can take the two kids with her to Sweden, but Tiger will have either custody or visitation rights as well.

Our sources say other lawyers and business people are on Tiger's team -- especially for property settlement issues -- but Sasser is the key man in handling what could become a sticky issue -- child custody.

The goal is for Sasser and lawyers from Elin's team to work out an agreement before divorce papers are filed.

Sasser represented NASCAR star Jeff Gordon in his divorce back in 2003. In that case, the settlement agreement was not reported to the court.

TMZ spoke with Sasser who would neither confirm nor deny if he is representing Tiger. Don't expect Sasser to say much -- he once wrote an article called "Protecting Your Client's Privacy in an Age of Public Information."


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16.

Tina    

We all knew Tiger wouldn't change. He still lost his temper playing golf, still hides stuff(simply because he doesn't want people to know all the bad stuff he's doing, and still so arrogant. At least Jesse James admits to doing whatever he can to still win back Sandra. Tiger has never ever talked again about getting Elin back.

1545 days ago
17.

James    

Hook line a ****** sinker!

1545 days ago
18.

mydownthere    

This is a lesson to be learned by Elin too. Wealth doesn't equal class, and when you marry for money (it is on record that she rejected Tiger many times, because he wasn't "her type")you get a big house and sweet vacations, but you don't get respect, because he knows why you said yes. He bought Elin like he's bought everything he has. To him, she was worth marrying because she is the best he could find, but he never stopped sleeping with others, because Elin is his arm accesory. He can't love or respect the one who only wants his money. Do you ever see her supporting him at his games? never. No love, no respect, from neither one to the other.

1545 days ago
19.

GTO    

and if you thought his poor performance at the last 2 golf championships were unrelated to his pending divorce, think again.

1545 days ago
20.

tiv    

Ha the attorney wants privacy for his clients but TMZ will sure be on here making up stuff he said for sure lol and Tiger is smart to get joint custody then he dosnt have to pay child support smart move Tiger it should be joint then all she gets is whats in her prenup I belive this marriage was doomed way before we knew anything thats why Elin didnt do much of anything to end it yet !!

1545 days ago
21.

Rachel es una puta    

This is a lesson to be learned by Elin too. Wealth doesn't equal class, and when you marry for money (it is on record that she rejected Tiger many times, because he wasn't "her type")you get a big house and sweet vacations, but you don't get respect, because he knows why you said yes. He bought Elin like he's bought everything he has. To him, she was worth marrying because she is the best he could find, but he never stopped sleeping with others, because Elin is his arm accesory. He can't love or respect the one who only wants his money. Do you ever see her supporting him at his games? never. No love, no respect, from neither one to the other.



What a totally stupid comment !!!! Waow I believe there are brainless people here.
Elin supported him and she went to his games but she never ever wanted the spotlight. She knew she married a star and she let Tiger take that spot.
She never ever gave interviews and wanted to gain something out of this marriage. She just wanted to be loved and be respected.
If you have a hard time to believe that well you must be as stupid as all those Cheetah cheerleaders.
Elin is a classy, wonderful, dignified woman who was treated like a peace of garbage by one of the most miserable human being I have seen in recent years.
Don't put the blame on the victim. The only thing wrong she did is marrying a true jackass and douchebag.

1545 days ago
22.

maryb.    

There is nobody involved in this story who deserves honor and respect with the exception of Elin Nordegren Woods and their beautiful children. If she wishes to raise those children away from the paparazzi and the debauchery of an (unhealed) father and all the disgusting swines he secretly bedded, there is no American court that should force her to remain in the United States--away from her family--while raising them and to do otherwise would be psychologically damaging on their behalf. Those children should not live full time with anyone outside their devoted mother should they divorce and he should have only rights of visitation.



Both Tiger Woods and his mother have all the money either of them would ever need to purchase a condominium or home in Sweden for extended visitation on behalf of those children and grandchildren.



If he had wanted to seriously save his marriage, he would not have returned to golf so soon...a sign that he has not healed his psyche nor was truly interested in (attempting) to heal the damage he so cruelly inflicted upon a devoted wife, mother, and their children. One can only hope that he did not expose his wife to diseases contracted from all those nasty swines who themselves have been sexually active with hundreds or thousands of other men.



Instead of returning to his former social, it might be more constructive for him to return to Stanford U. or another university and work through his undergraduate education.

1545 days ago
23.

500apple    

It seems that they are working on the divorce in a logical manner. It's clear that the mom may want to have her children away from the media and that means going to Sweden. Equally important is that Tiger should spend time with him too. With his travel schedule due to golf, I doubt he could be the primary parent.



The fact that Elin has been moving forward slowly with her life and discussing divorce would suggest that she and Tiger will work out a positive agreement for the care of the kids.



There's no way the marriage can continue. There's been too many lies from Tiger and he went back to golf much too soon, as evidenced by his injured back. Elin probably wanted him to stay away from golf longer so that he could heal ALL his body and mind. He wants to get back into the swing of things and to his success, he may need to reconsider things.

1545 days ago
24.

tiv    

Exactly right Rachel he married her to have children with her she was nieve and holsome girl and he knew exactly what he was doing as well as her if it were any other women she would have been gone the min this all happened i know she knew all along what was going on she in every pic with him looks very cold no affection what so ever never in all the yrs married to him

1545 days ago
25.

sue    

I wonder if Sweden is a signatory of the Hague Convention? Doesn't matter what attorney you have, if you're in another country it takes a long time to get your kids back, even if they are a signatory of the Hague.

1545 days ago
26.

ZR    

If Cheetah doesn't want a nasty divorce he'd better give everything Elin is asking for. She's calling all the shots right now.
If she wants she can go to any media right now and call it quits his career forever. If she wants a messy divorce she can call all Tiger's whores to testify - just imagine all the salacious details being revealed to the public.
I'm sure Cheetah doesn't want to be humiliated once again - although I don't think it will bother him because he has no dignity . But he cares about his sponsors and money .
Good luck Elin ! Take him to the cleaners big time and make him pay for what he did to you and your kids. Those precious children will have even more respect for you after getting rid of this jackass.
Can't believe there are people here who are blaming Elin !!!!!
Remember this is Cheetah who created this huge mess. Now he has to face the consequences of his horrible behavior.
Don't have any sympathy for him. Wish he could disappear forever and never ever come back. He's a disgrace !

1545 days ago
27.

Jiyan    

This is an interesting story.

1545 days ago
28.

for real    

don`t just hand her sh%t she didn`t earn nothing that his ****%ng money not her let her a$$ GO GET A JOB AND EARN HER OWN

1545 days ago
29.

ZR    

Tiv are you one of those stupid Cheetah lovers ?
You are truly pathetic. The only one who is to blame here is Cheetah himself. Don't trash Elin and call her whatever name as you probably know that your hero is a total failure as a human being.
As for the money are you serious ? Of course she deserves every single penny she can get from this jackass. Oh my God talking about a job ? Hitting a white golf ball in the hole must be soooooooooooo hard . What about raising kids at home ? Don't you think this is a job. So shut up your big mouths you are no better than this disguting pervert.
Idolizing such a lowlife speaks volume about your true values and principles !

1545 days ago
30.

500apple    

MaryB - I agree with your comments. Tiger really needed to take a longer break from golf. He could have spent more time with his company that designs golf courses and kept busy for awhile. He seems to have a lot of anger inside and I know that it must be stressful to be a world class golfer, but he needs to tend to his total health.

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